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Canton Woman Arrested for Murder

Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Cherokee County Courthouse

Canton, Ga. - A local woman in Canton has been arrested on felony murder and first degree cruelty to children charges after police have accused her of stabbing her infant daughter.

Police and investigators have not released any information as to why she allegedly stabbed her daughter. She has been booked into the Cherokee County Jail with no bond.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will cover the crime of felony murder in today's post.

Felony Murder in Georgia

Georgia Law defines Felony Murder in Georgia in the following statute:

A person commits the offense of murder when, in the commission of a felony, he or she causes the death of another human being irrespective of malice.” O.C.G.A. §16-5-1(c).

A person is considered to be in the commission of a crime if he or she:

  • Directly commits the crime;
  • Causes some other person to commit the crime under such circumstances that the other person is not guilty of any crime either in fact or because of legal incapacity;
  • Aids or abets in the commission of the crime; or
  • Advises, encourages, hires, counsels, or procures another to commit the crime.

In order for the state of Georgia to convict an individual of felony murder, they must show that he or she is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that the prosecution must demonstrate that the accused person either attempted or completed a felony that is deemed serious or inherently dangerous under Georgia law. 

The penalty for a felony murder conviction is a life sentence in prison without parole, the death penalty, or life in prison.

Practice Note

Felony murder along with the other charges faced by the young man are considered seriously violent felony offenses. As a firm, we have decades of experience practicing Georgia Criminal Defense. If you or a loved one has been arrested, call us now.

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